Runners, walkers and volunteers turned out in droves Saturday in Sioux Falls for the 26th annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.

An estimated 6100 people participated this year and helped raise an amazing $375,000 for breast cancer research.

All the money raised from the Avera Race stays local. Some of the programs and services that are funded through the race:
•All Women Count Program
•Avera Cancer Institute Resource Library
•BRCA Genetic Testing - offset costs for genetic testing to see if prone to Breast Cancer
•Breast Cancer Support Groups
•Cancer Fitness Program – provided at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center
•Genetic Research for the Breast Cancer Registry
•Integrative Medicine – alternative therapies such as massage, arts & healing, & aromatherapy
•Breast Imaging Navigator - This nurse focuses on the navigation needs of patients prior to a diagnosis
•Wigs for cancer patients

Photo Courtesy of Patti Ward-Maguire